Obama Politics as usual or "It's the Chicago way"
When the Associated Press recognizes the Obama style of Politics resembles Chicago mob tactics it must be bad.
Change we can believe in.. that was the mantra.. Remember all those acolytes chanting "Yes we can"..? Is this what they were looking for?
Is this change?
Remember Obama's Promise on Lobbyist?
"When you walk into my administration, you will not be able to work on regulations or contracts directly related to your former employer for two years." -- Obama, during a June 22, 2007, speech in Manchester, N.H.
This promise was broken from the very beginning of Obama's presidency, with the nomination of William Lynn as deputy defense secretary. Lynn was registered until last July as a defense lobbyist for Raytheon Co. Even though Obama did issue the ethics rules he promised on the campaign trail, he ended up issuing a waiver on Lynn's behalf after senators threatened to hold up the nomination. Lynn was confirmed, and the administration continued to grant waivers for subsequent former lobbyists.
How about Spending?
"When George Bush came into office, our debt -- national debt was around $5 trillion. It's now over $10 trillion. We've almost doubled it. ... But actually I'm cutting more than I'm spending so that it will be a net spending cut." -- Obama, during an Oct. 7, 2008, debate in Nashville
The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2009 tripled to a record $1.4 trillion, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate out in early October. That's nearly $1 trillion more than the $459 billion deficit recorded in President Bush's last full year. "The recession-driven declines in revenue accounted for a large part of Obama's red ink, but so did increases in spending -- on everything from the economic stimulus to Wall Street bailouts (sealed before Obama took office)"Forbes.
Though Obama still says he wants to bring the deficit down significantly before the end of his first term, projections show the fiscal 2010 deficit will also exceed $1 trillion. Even if Obama does make major changes to fiscal policy and cut the deficit in half, that's still hundreds of billions of dollars every year to the national debt.
And remember that Transparency thing...?
"That's what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are." -- Obama, during a Jan. 31, 2008, debate in Los Angeles
While Obama and his congressional allies have given countless briefings and speeches on health care reform, much of the negotiations have taken place behind closed doors. These private meetings have grown more common since the Senate Finance Committee passed its version of the bill in mid-October. And let's don't forget the meeting on Transparency held behind closed doors in secret.
Oh how about that Health Insurance Mandate..
"If you've got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I'm going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You'll still have choice of doctor. There's no mandate involved." -- Obama, during an Oct. 7, 2008, debate in Nashville
"All of the health care reform plans before Congress endorse some kind of requirement for people to get health insurance. And during his Sept. 9 address to a joint session of Congress, Obama endorsed the idea as well. "Improving our health care system only works if everybody does their part," the president said. Obama expressed a wholly different point of view during the Democratic primaries, when one of the few policy differences between him and Hillary Clinton was that she supported an individual mandate while he did not. He persistently defended the decision, arguing that the reason people don't have health insurance is because they can't afford it -- not because they don't want it."foxnews..
CNN .. Obama should forget "Change you can believe in"
Obama has now played Golf, held parties, taken Vacations and generally had a swell time of it in only his FIRST year.. All the while the Economy and America has suffered. A true Environmental
disaster in the Gulf is occurring at the same time he is out playing Golf, having tent parties and generally living it up.
The census cost in 2000 4.5 Billion dollars this year 14.5 Billion dollars..
The Healthcare fiasco has already grown 187 Billion according to the CBO.. and it hasn't even started yet.. Some estimates say UHC will run 3-4 Trillion by 2019.
Cap and Trade another boondoggle is estimated to cost us Billions and maybe Trillions.
Then there is the Homeowner bailout program..
Fannie and Freddie is getting Billions more...
Where has the common sense gone?
You cannot spend Trillions we don't have and expect the free ride can continue.. but that is what everyone is acting like.. This ride will end...
How many payoffs and ripoffs and things nobody saw can we stand in the Government?